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Active Shooter Crisis Actors Target Mall Shootings via Visionbox

Active Shooter Crisis Actors Target Mall Shootings via Visionbox

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Active Shooter Crisis Actors Target Mall Shootings viaVisionbox
DENVER, CO, October 31, 2012
-- A new group of actors is now availablenationwide for active shooter drills and mall shooting full-scale exercises,announced Visionbox, Denver's leading professional actors studio.Visionbox Crisis Actors (http://crisisactors.org/) are trained in criminal and victimbehavior, and bring intense realism to simulated mass casualty incidents in publicplaces.The actors’ stage acting experience, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary American theater, enables them to "stay in character" throughout an exercise,and improvise scenes of extreme stress while strictly following official exercisescenarios.
 
The actors regularly rehearse scenarios involving the Incident Command Systemand crisis communications, and appear in interactive training films produced inboth 2D and stereoscopic 3D.Producers Jennifer McCray Rincon and John Simmons formed the group todemonstrate emerging security technologies, help first responders visualize life-saving procedures, and assist trainers in delivering superior hands-on crisisresponse training.For example, with a large shopping center, the producers review all securitycamera views and design dramatic scenes specifically for existing cameraangles, robotic camera sweeps, and manually-controlled camera moves.The producers then work with the trainers to create a "prompt book" for theactors so that key scenario developments can be triggered throughout the mallshooting simulation, and caught on tape.The actors can play the part of the shooters, mall employees, shoppers in themall, shoppers who continue to arrive at the mall, media reporters and othersrushing to the mall, and persons in motor vehicles around the mall.Visionbox Crisis Actors can also play the role of citizens calling 911 or mallmanagement, or posting comments on social media websites.During the exercise, the producers use two-way radio to co-direct the Crisis Actors team from the mall dispatch center and at actors’ locations.Within this framework, the exercise can test the mall's monitoring andcommunications systems, the mall's safety plan including lockdown andevacuation procedures, the ability of first responders and the mall to coordinatean effective response, and their joint ability to respond to the media andinformation posted on the Internet.Security camera footage is edited for after-action reports and future training.For more information visit
www.Visionbox.org
and
www.CrisisActors.org
.Visionbox is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. Crisis Actors is a project of the Colorado Safety Task Force established by ColoradoState Senator Steve King.
Contact:
Nathan Bock Amanda Brown

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